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This Month’s Features

Ergonomic Equipment Considerations for the Dental Hygienist

Making informed decisions about the use of loupes, seating alternatives, and instrument selection in order to improve ergonomics is key to career longevity.

Detecting and Treating Chronic Multifocal Candidiasis

This report addresses the presentation of a rare “kissing lesion.”

Continuing Education

Oral Health Disparities Experienced by Recent Refugees

A variety of factors influence the ability of this vulnerable patient population to access professional Dental care.

Detecting Nasopalatine Duct Cysts

Oral health professionals who understand the common characteristics of these lesions can prevent unnecessary treatment.

The Hallmarks of Alzheimer Disease

By better understanding the risk factors and brain changes associated with this disease, clinicians will be well-prepared to provide dental care.

Assessing Xerostomia Risk in Young Patients

While not traditionally noted as high risk for dry mouth, young patients are more commonly experiencing medical conditions and medication usage that increase susceptibility for xerostomia.


Editor’s Note


As I write this memo from the beautiful town of Westport, Ireland, I’m reflecting on many things. First, how beautiful Ireland is and how warm and welcoming its people are. I attended the International Federation of Dental Hygienists’ (IFDH) symposium that took place in Dublin August 11 to 13. The symposium impacted me deeply. It [...]

Ask the Expert

Strategies to Reduce Aerosol Risk

My office will not allow for four-handed dentistry, and I am concerned about exposures to aerosols. What are some strategies I can implement by myself to reduce this risk? Aerosols became a greater concern when the COVID-19 pandemic began as dental hygienists routinely perform aerosol-generating procedures. Published guidance documents recommend several strategies, including changes to [...]

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Newsline + Industry Info

Spotlight on Clinicians: A Gift From My Heart

Our choices on how to practice within the dental hygiene profession are limitless. I have seen us grow from working as auxiliaries to being an integral part of the healthcare team. For more than three decades, I have dedicated my career to providing compassionate care especially for populations that face barriers accessing it. In 2008, [...]

Dimensions’ Editor in Chief Elected to IFDH Board

Dimensions of Dental Hygiene’s Editor in Chief Jill Rethman, RDH, BA, was elected president elect of the International Federation of Dental Hygienists (IFDH) on August 9 at the House of Delegates meeting in Dublin, Ireland. The new board also includes President Wanda Fedora, RDH, of Canada, Vice President Fouzieh Eliassy RDH, BA, of Sweden, Treasurer [...]

Twenty Years and Counting

When Lorene G. Kent, RDH, BA, envisioned the ideal journal for her fellow dental hygienists, one of the most important factors was beauty. She wanted to provide readers with high-level, peer-reviewed content within a visually appealing package. Initially launched under the direction of Jessica Brace, the talented art director Jon Fraze took over in 2006. [...]

September 2022 Digital Agenda

Find Us on Instagram Join our community of thousands of dental hygienists on Instagram. Our page is full of positive and inspirational posts, celebrations and achievements, breaking news, and giveaways. Follow us: @DimensionsofDentalHygiene. Subscribe to Perio Update Perio Update, a twice-monthly enewsletter created by Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, can arrive in your email inbox. Designed to [...]

September 2022 Social Commentary

When scaling and root planing, what ergonomic adjustments do you make to support your musculoskeletal health? Amanda Cole Hill, RDH Dimensions Brand Ambassador Making sure to use SHARP instruments! And pulling out the area-specifics, extended-shanks, and mini-blades to ensure the instrument is doing the work and not my body. Cindy Purdy, BSDH, RDH  Dimensions Corporate [...]

Ambassadors Up Close: Value of Mentorship

Dimensions of Dental Hygiene Brand Ambassador Ann Cote, RDH, MSHA, pays it forward by supporting her fellow dental hygienists.


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